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NFL 2018 schedule: the 17 must-watch games of the upcoming season

NFL 2018 schedule: the 17 must-watch games of the upcoming season

Sure, Sundays have long been devoid of football games, but the NFL is omnipresent. Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles shocked the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, the machine has churned on. Free agency? You don’t even have to wait for the official start now, with the legal tampering period paving the way for reporters to break news of impending ...

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Liverpool’s success without Coutinho is testament to Klopp’s genius

Liverpool’s success without Coutinho is testament to Klopp’s genius

have heard Jürgen Klopp cite inspirations as varied as heavy metal music and Rocky Balboa so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Liverpool manager was also familiar with Aristotle. After all, Klopp showed in January that his football philosophy is very much in line with the great Greek thinker who believed that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Klopp shocked many ...

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Fear of sack persuaded Arsène Wenger to walk away from Arsenal

Fear of sack persuaded Arsène Wenger to walk away from Arsenal

Arsène Wenger took the seismic decision to walk away from Arsenal on his own terms because he was mindful of the very real threat that he would be sacked at the end of the season. The club’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, and other directors had grown increasingly concerned by the team’s dismal Premier League performance and the huge number of supporters that have ...

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Caroline Wozniacki may boycott Miami Open over 'threats and abuse'

Caroline Wozniacki may boycott Miami Open over ‘threats and abuse’

Caroline Wozniacki, the world No 2, has warned she may boycott the Miami Open after what she considered was an inadequate response from officials to her claims of death threats and abuse aimed at her family at the tournament last month. The Australian Open winner was disappointed with what she saw as the Miami Open director James Blake’s unsympathetic response after ...

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FA Cup victory would not change Tottenham’s life, says Pochettino

FA Cup victory would not change Tottenham’s life, says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says that an FA Cup triumph this season would not change Tottenham’s life, as he looked ahead to Saturday’s semi-final against Manchester United. The manager did not waver from his long established view about the importance of the domestic cups and, in the process, he set up an intriguing discussion point. Facing him at Wembley is José Mourinho, a ...

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Manchester United’s Michael Carrick says depression led to England exile

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick says depression led to England exile

Michael Carrick has revealed he asked not to be picked for Englanda after becoming “depressed” on international duty. The Manchester United midfielder has played 34 times for his country, the last in a friendly against Spain in November 2015, but said his experience at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa left a lasting impression. Carrick told BBC2’s Premier League Show: “I’d been ...

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Manchester United sink Bournemouth after José Mourinho rings changes

Manchester United sink Bournemouth after José Mourinho rings changes

Three days before the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham, and in the aftermath of Sunday’s pathetic defeat by West Brom, a drama-free win is enough for Manchester United. That is what they achieved thanks to goals by Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku. The result tightens their hold on second place in the Premier League and raises spirits, at least a little, ...

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Wilfried Zaha’s double clinches huge derby triumph for Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha’s double clinches huge derby triumph for Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson ended up admitting a sense of regret. Not at a timely derby success that has propelled Crystal Palace six points clear of the relegation zone, or even at the anxiety of the latter stages which, he said, had him “dying a few deaths” on the sidelines. Rather, the nagging sense of remorse was a legacy of his time in charge ...

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Luis Suárez helps sink Valencia as Barcelona set 39-game unbeaten record

Luis Suárez helps sink Valencia as Barcelona set 39-game unbeaten record

Barcelona responded to their shock Champions League elimination to Roma by beating Valencia 2-1 on Saturday in a subdued atmosphere at the Camp Nou, setting a La Liga record of 39 games unbeaten and taking themselves a step closer to another title. Luis Suárez gave Barcelona the lead after a quarter of an hour by meeting a delicious outside-of-the-foot pass his ...

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Olivier Giroud seals Chelsea’s comeback win to stun struggling Southampton

Olivier Giroud seals Chelsea’s comeback win to stun struggling Southampton

Southampton are running out of time to escape the siren call of the Championship and they did themselves few favours here, throwing away a two-goal lead in eight second-half minutes to hand victory to Chelsea. That was not the whole story. Southampton deserved their lead after a brave first-half performance. Chelsea, meanwhile, had reeked of the malaise that has afflicted them ever ...

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